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Many Classes Available

Learn to sail at Lake Thunderbird. Classes are taught by US Sailing Certified instructors and cover a wide variety of skill sets from the novice all the way up to the seasoned sailor.


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Our Monthly Newsletter

This is the location of our monthly newsletter. Issues go back into the 1970’s, thanks to our curator and historian Les Cummings. Find out the latest news or take a trip down memory lane.

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Boathouse Schedule

Between our monthly meetings, our racing schedule, special events, and other rentals, there is a lot happening at our boathouse! Check the calendar and join us at any of our monthly membership meetings.



How to Join

Question: Do you need to own a sailboat?

Answer: NO!

While many of our activities revolve around sailing, at the core is a group of like-minded individuals who love being on the water. And we love having extra hands on board when we go our sailing.

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Latest Features

The latest news and info about the Thunderbird Sailing Club

Big Changes at LTEF

Big Changes at LTEF The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation Annual Meeting by Roger Elliott, President The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation added two new members to its board

Sailing News From Around the World

RSS Sailing World

  • Led to Water July 16, 2019
    Dave Franzel discusses the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and making St. Thomas’s local racing scene whole again.
    Michael Hanson
  • Challenge XII Steps Up to the Challenge July 16, 2019
    Jack LeFort’s Challenge XII overcame a late-series disqualification to win the 12 Metre World Championship on the final day.
    Barby McGowan
  • Smith Returns to Defend at Marblehead NOOD July 16, 2019
    The 2019 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta at Marblehead Race Week returns to Marblehead, MA, July 25 to 28.
    Michael Hansen
  • Eight Bells: Ron Allatt July 22, 2019
    The Ronstan team mourns the passing of Ron Allatt, who died peacefully with his wife Jan at his side, on the July 19, 2019. Ron was 89. Together with Stan LeNepveu, Ron was the “Ron” in Ronstan. The two met in 1946 and raced sailing dinghies together, before teaming up to build boats and make […]
  • Transpac Race: Drum Roll, Please July 22, 2019
    Honolulu, HI (July 21, 2019) - Mostly favorable weather conditions for this race and the staggered start paradigm has created for the 50th edition of Transpac what was intended: a flood of both fast and slow entries converging on the finish in Hawaii. Some 70% of the 82 entries that will finish in this year’s […]
  • America’s Cup: Standby to be stunned July 22, 2019
    Each time the America's Cup reinvents itself, we are left in this never-never land until that day when the curtain rises and boats splash. That day for the 36th edition was to be March 31 but delays in building what the designers imagined has left us wondering if we'll ever arrive at this utopian place. […]
  • What does it take to win the Rolex Fastnet Race? We find out from four former winners July 19, 2019
    Matthew Sheahan and James Boyd ask four former winners of the Rolex Fastnet Race for their advice on how to get onto the podiumRan rounding Fastnet Rock. Photo: Kurt Arrigo/Rolex As the world’s largest and most notorious offshore, the Rolex Fastnet Race, has gained in popularity, so the competitiveness of the …Continue reading » The post […]
    Matthew Sheahan
  • How to win at double-handed racing – 5 top tips from a Fastnet champion July 18, 2019
    Double-handed racing is booming in popularity, with both inshore and offshore events introducing double-handed classes. We get expert tips on how to set up your boat and routines for successRace Start - Redshift Reloaded, Sail No: GBR 419, Class: IRC Three, Owner: Ed Fishwick, Type: Sun Fast 3600 The popularity of double-handed sailing is on […]
    Yachting World
  • Destination inspiration: Epic summer adventures right on your doorstep July 17, 2019
    Our contributors reveal their favourite summer cruising grounds, from West Sweden and North Brittany to the Isles of ScillyThe River Helford in Cornwall is a great spot for a mini sailing adventure. Photo: Peter Baritt / Alamy You don’t have to sail to the most distant parts of the world to have a cruising adventure. […]
    Yachting World

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